Mustang Island Revisited

This is one of our favorite state parks. It doesn’t have much to offer in the way of facilities, the camping area is a large parking lot with back in sites on both sides of the road, electric and water only.

Our neighbor. A queen sized bed on wheels.

Our neighbor. A queen sized bed on wheels.

Dump station at the gate. No trees, but lots of sand dunes stretching out to the beach and the showers leave a lot to be desired.
Sand

Sand

more sand

more sand

even more sand

even more sand


But the attraction for us is the miles and miles of beach to explore, looking for shells and other treasures.

We found a hat'

We found a beanie hat’

some sunglasses,

some sunglasses,

shoes in the sand,

shoes in the sand,

and a dead fish.

and a dead fish.

On every visit my goal has been to find a whole sand dollar, but all I ever found were quarters or half dollars. This time I found one! Now what do I do with it?
Half a sand dollar.

Half a sand dollar.


This is a popular destination for fishermen, wind surfers, sunbathers and birders. Primitive beach camping is allowed although we’d never take our big rig out on the sand.
A fishing dog

A fishing dog


Fishing poles

Fishing poles


The wind blows constantly, the surf crashes onto the shore and pelicans soar overhead. This is nature at it’s most basic.
Tenting on the beach.

Tenting on the beach.

A little more comfortable.

A little more comfortable.

Sunbathing

Sunbathing


Speaking of nature, Boscoe got up close and personal with a rattle snake. Good thing he was on leash and we were able to pull him back before the snake could strike. It was just at dusk and the temperature had dropped when we came upon the rattler on the path leading to the beach. I think the cool temperatures made the beast lethargic. He slowly slithered off into the dunes with his rattle stuck up, threatening.

We’d seen these signs warning of snakes but had never encountered one so we had become less vigilant. Not anymore.
Lounging on the beach watching the tide come in. It doesn't get any better.

Lounging on the beach watching the tide come in. It doesn’t get any better.

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3 comments on “Mustang Island Revisited”

  1. Thank goodness Boscoe was on the leash!

  2. Really enjoyed this post. I’ve just added Mustang Island State Park to my list of much stay places in Texas.

    • I think you’ll like it. There are a couple of other state parks nearby. Goose Island is quite close, I wrote about it last year, and Brazos Bend. I will be doing a post about it soon. I think state parks are the best places to camp.
      Ruth


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